Former cricket captain has sought time to consider ticket offer

The Bharatiya Janata Party said here over the weekend that it had offered a ticket to former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly for the 2014 general election. He has been asked to choose his seat in West Bengal.

 Mr. Ganguly has sought time to ponder over the proposal. He has told the party leadership that he needs some time to think it over, senior leaders of the State BJP told The Hindu .

  “Yes, we have recently approached Mr. Ganguly with an offer to contest the upcoming polls from any seat of his choice in West Bengal. He did not say yes but said that he needs some time to think over the issue,” State BJP president Rahul Sinha said.

  Mr. Sinha said it was BJP’s general secretary and observer to West Bengal Varun Gandhi who has made the offer to Mr. Ganguly.

  Over the past few weeks there were reports that the party has approached Mr. Ganguly although there was not much by way of an official confirmation. This is the first time that the party has acknowledged it.

  The former Indian cricket captain has maintained good terms with the previous Left Front government as also with the ruling Trinamool Congress government.